Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide 2019
by Julia Paddon
So you’re running out of time, or there’s that one gift for that one person that you just can’t nail down. Here’s the plan: Below are a selection of Christmas gift ideas that are just a click away – all of them linked, all of them tested, all of them waiting for you so you can cross off the final few names on your Christmas list.
And then the good times can really begin…
The new Tile Sticker is the easiest tracking solution of all. Small and waterproof with adhesive back and 3-yr battery life, the Sticker provides long term convenience for busy individuals and families. It’s a cost-effective and effortless tracking solution, especially for multiple items.
2-pack £34.99 from thetileapp.com
Edifier Gaming Earbuds hold 32 hours charge, so plenty for that daily commute! Perfect for the gym as they are sweatproof and with no-wire listening via Bluetooth and a low-profile, ergonomic in-ear design with touch controls, they are that ultimate on-the-go friendly earbud you’ve always wanted.
£44.99 from amazon.co.uk
iXpand Wireless Charger supports fast wireless charging for Qi-compatible iPhones, Samsung and other phones while automatically backing up full resolution photos and videos. It’s simple: Wake up every day to a phone fully charged and photos fully backed up. Multiple backup profiles allow you to share the charger with everyone in your family and the included high-efficiency power plug with 6-foot cable gives you fast, convenient charging, right out of the box.
£89.99 from westerndigital.com
Designed to be the perfect companion for your iPhone, the iXpand Flash Drive offers an easy way to free up space on your iPhone, automatically backs up your camera roll, and even lets you watch popular-format videos straight from the drive. The drive has both a flexible Lightning connector that works with most cases and a USB 3.0 connector to plug into your Mac computer or PC so you can easily move your stuff where you want it.
£29.99 from westerndigital.com
The Waterpik Water Flosser is your daily dentist that ensures any residual food or bacteria is gently flushed from around the teeth and below the gum line. Perfect gift for anyone who likes to look after their smile, Waterpik Water Flosser is clinically proven to be up to 50% more effective than string floss for improving gum health.
Currently £34.99 from boots.com
Prep and glow with this two-step routine to radiant skin. First, achieve a super smooth complexion that nourishes the skin with the Hydra Veil Primer, then dust Beyond Powder in OMG Burst over cheeks or any high-points for instant shimmer mixed with a subtle pop of blush, for all-over illuminating finish. The result: healthy-looking, illuminated skin.
Currently £55 from illamasqua.com
Step into the festive season and perfect your lashes with a trio of best selling mascaras. Use Lash Alert mascara for every-day wear, infused with caffeine to pep start your peepers. Lift and curl lashes with a waterproof hold using Beach mascara. Perfect for the Christmas party season, intensify lashes for the night with Black Magic mascara.
Jack Black presents ‘The Balm Squad’ a great value three-piece collection of the brand’s coveted full-size Intense Therapy Lip Balms including two limited edition flavours, Asian Pear and Black Cherry and the best-selling Natural Mint & Shea Butter lip balm. Ideal for him or for her.
£19.50 from mankind.co.uk
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the well-travelled man this Christmas, the Men-ü Travel Kit is the perfect companion to keep you well groomed. Includes Daily Refresh Shampoo, Skin Refresher Set, Shave Crème, Healthy Facial Wash, Matt ‘Skin Refresh’ Gel and Liquifflex – the hair product with great flexi-hold and suitable for all hair types and styles.
£34.95 from men-u.com
Make storing unboring this Christmas with the 3 Sprouts Book Rack. The perfect place to store your favourite books and all the new ones your little ones will get for Christmas. It’s also the perfect height for toddlers, so they can spot their beloved reads in an instant. Four designs available including dragon, lion, elephant and owl.
£39.99 from 1two.co.uk
Potwells’ luxury extra-long character hot water bottles are a great gift for anyone who is always cold. They are the perfect cuddle partner for winter evenings on the sofa. Each comes in lovely packaging, making it easier to wrap.
£39.95 from potwells.co.uk
To align with the new Star Wars Episode IX film out on December 19th, Mitre also has its unique collection inspired by the world’s most iconic pop culture phenomenon, Star Wars. Available in the matchball size, fans are able to play for the light or dark side.
£22 from mitre.com
Learn in an exciting new way with the innovative LeapStart Go interactive learning system. This sleek, easy-to-hold stylus triggers videos and audio responses using the adjustable 3.6cm LCD screen and built-in speaker. LeapStart Go makes it easier for preschool to primary school kids to understand more advanced information with activity sets like The Human Body and School Success.
£35 from argos.co.uk
Vroom vroom! Know someone who loves all things cars? This 10-pack of Hot Wheels toy cars comes with a variety of models, colours and designs. Each car is featured at 1:64 scale with realistic details and authentic decos. A great gift for kids and collectors of all ages!
£20 from moonpig.com
The Torrent jacket, built to battle everything nature has to throw at it. Insulated with exclusive Softie insulation and taped seams making it fully waterproof. This fully-featured jacket is equipped with a detachable insulated hood that can be rolled away or removed when not in use, dual adjusters on the sides and rear of the hood allow for a perfect fit.
£164.95 from snugpak.com
Ohelo bottles are vacuum insulated and made from high grade 18/8 stainless steel. Designed here in the UK they come with a comfortable carry strap making them easy to take on all everyday adventures. 360 laser etching gives these high quality products that extra something special.
£29 from ohelobottle.com
Sundried presents these stylish cycle socks in an attractive presentation box, perfect for Christmas or birthday presents. Each box contains seven pairs of stylish patterned socks, one for each day of the week. An intelligent moisture transport system ensures your feet stay dry and each pair boast mesh ventilation for breathability. Lightweight, soft and compression-style support, these luxurious socks are perfect for every cyclist.
£50 from sundried.com
Gift your loved ones who love to get stuck into a book with The Book People’s Booker Prize Shortlist Collection this Christmas, containing six amazing books shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2019, celebrating the best fiction novels published over the past 12 months in keepsake hardback.
£49 from thebookpeople.co.uk
Inspired by the infinity shape, the NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Infinissima pod coffee machine by Krups is slim and uniquely designed, comes in range of colours and fits seamlessly into any kitchen. Its 1.2L water tank creates infinite coffee possibilities and 15 bar maximum pump pressure ensures barista quality coffee.
£49.99 from Currys
The GO2 Brand have just launched 4x new 100% natural, vegan, essential oil inhaler sticks to the UK market. The benefits of essential oils have been known and utilised for over 6,000 years, with inhaling them the quickest way to feel the benefits – but you can also apply them to your skin and take them in the form of supplements, food and drink.
£3.99 each from thego2brand.com
Black Chalk Wine launched last year; it is based in Hampshire and sources its grapes from the county’s top chalkland vineyards. Its award-winning winemaker, Jacob Leadley, is originally from Saltburn-by-the-sea, and came to winemaking via a stint working in The City. His 2015 Black Chalk Classic is small batch and made in the traditional method, from Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay grapes. Stylistically, purity of fruit is key, along with structure and a complex, balanced palate. The careful use of oak for a proportion of the wines and time on lees helps to develop this complexity.
£35 from blackchalkwine.co.uk
Mmm Prosecco. This Italian fizz is fast becoming the go-to celebration drink. Made from Prosecco grapes, this light-medium dry sparkling is the perfect pampering present. Simply add your chosen name and message to the label to create a personalised gift for someone special. It also comes complete with a box of gift wrapped Guylian shell choccies. Jolly good.
£25 from moonpig.com
Smooth yet complex, Mermaid Gin features the freshness of organic lemon zest, the peppery notes in grains of paradise and a hint of sea air from rock samphire. The latter, foraged from the Isle of Wight’s cliffs, is known locally as ‘Mermaid’s Kiss’. Mermaid is plastic-free, including a plant-based seal around its wooden cork – 100% recyclable.
£35.89 from masterofmalt.com
Nordés Atlantic Galician Gin is a spectacular Spanish gin distilled using a base spirit interestingly made from Albariño grapes (eschewing the more standard grain-based spirit) and a dozen specially selected botanicals.
£32.95 from amazon.co.uk (available on Prime delivery)
Whether drank on its own or enjoyed as part of a deliciously dark festive cocktail, the rich and bold Kraken Rum has been infused with an intricate blend of 13 flavours and spices, including cinnamon, vanilla, and cherry, making it the perfect gift this Christmas. The sweet and smooth Caribbean import, named after the mythical sea beast, the Kraken, is sweet and smooth with subtle tones of coffee, caramel and vanilla, complimented by a spicy kick and a rich peppery finish.
£35.99 from amazon.co.uk
For those that love to count down the days to Christmas, the Elf Advent has a Christmas quiz inside to make the festive season even more enjoyable for the whole family. The range also contains the Continental Advent Calendar, with its crisp white design stunningly adorned with golden Christmas trees and snowflakes, containing an assortment of delectable milk, dark and white chocolates.
£3 from thorntons.co.uk
Pip & Nut has created the perfect hamper for nut butter fans. Along with the Festive Edition, it contains the new Super Roasted, Extra Crunchy Peanut Butter, a gourmet twist on the original which tastes even more nutty thanks to the peanuts being roasted at a higher temperature. Plus it features even bigger crunchy pieces too. Four fan favourites complete the hamper; Smooth Almond Butter, Coconut Almond Butter, Crunchy Maple Peanut Butter and a bigger 400g jar of Smooth Peanut Butter. These all come packaged in a ‘squirrel box’ which will definitely turn heads under the tree.
£20 from pipandnut.com
The ultimate selection of original Seashells, Opus Luxury Assortment and Seahorses. Divine melt-in-your-mouth flavours inspired by the opera and classical masterpieces, as well as the iconic Sea Horses in Crunchy Biscuit, Caramel, Coffee, and Milk Truffle, this Belgian Deluxe Assortment is sure to impress the most cultured recipients on your gift list.
£10 from guylian.com
…and if all else fails
Try Prestat. From delightful mini stockings to Vegan Friendly chocolate bars, add some excitement to your loved one’s Christmas morning with a delicious stocking filler from Prestat, chocolatier to Her Majesty The Queen. Prestat’s kitchens have won 13 Gold Great Taste Awards since 2013. Prestat was also voted ‘the country’s best chocolate and confectionery brand (2014-2015)’ in a survey commissioned by the Guild of Fine Food.
Chocolate Truffle Bauble, £12
Dark Chocolate with Roasted Almonds and Cocoa Nibs Bar 70g, £4.50
Sea Salt Caramel Christmas Stocking, 42g, £7.95